1. Tutorial Paper:Students will write an 700 word paper, discussing the challenges and benefits involved in using archaeological, literary and historical sources for the exploration and study of Ancient Israel, and the Ancient Near East. Students will have the opportunity to workshop their responses in a tutorial prior to submission. The tutorial paper should be based on lecture and tutorial discussion, as well as on the course textbook; these materials may be referenced as required. Students may compare and contrast different approaches, or choose one type of evidence as a focus for their report. A short list of additional (optional) helpful bibliography will be provided on the iLearn website. Assignments must be submitted via the communicate privately with teaching staff link on the iLearn site, by 11:59PM on the due date (Thursday, Week 9).
The appropriate length of tutorial assignments should not exceed 700 words. The assignment should be structured as a mini essay. What is required are succinct, sharply-focussed and tightly expressed answers to the questions set. If modern scholarship is used, a bibliography should be attached (see Essay Presentation Guides on the Ancient History website at:
To clarify, we will be assessing the degree to which you answer the question/s set (within the word limit), your ability to contrast and critically evaluate different approaches to studying Ancient Israel, your ability to build a persuasive argument, and the clarity of your presentation and written expression.
2. Essay: One essay, counting for 40% of the final mark, is required. It should not exceed 2000 words. IT IS DUE THURSDAY, WEEK 13.
Note you should always keep a copy of completed tasks in case of loss.
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR ESSAY
Essays will be judged for:
- Creativity, depth and originality of the results of the analysis
- Ability to interest the reader in the chosen topic
- Understanding of material
- Clarity of argument (including clear articulation of thesis)
- Critical thinking in the selection of ancient and modern sources, and in engagement with sources
- Range and quality of research
- Presentation of work (such as proof-reading, clear paragraph construction etc)
- Proper citation method and thoroughness of referencing
A rubric with grade descriptions will be placed on iLearn.
3. Weekly quizzes (1 per tutorial, worth 30%)
The tutorial quiz is based upon the reading from the textbook assigned for the week of the tutorial, as well as on lecture materials. The quiz will take the form of multiple choice and short answer questions.
4. Participation (worth 15%). The tutorial participation mark is a measure of the student’s overall regular contribution to classes and will be based on depth of discussion, demonstration of prior preparation (such as preparing the week's readings).
Important: The University Examination period in 2nd session 2017 is from 13th November to 1st of December.
Also Important: There is no formal examination for this unit.
The grade a student receives will signify their overall performance in meeting the learning outcomes of the unit. Grades will not be awarded by reference to the achievement of other students nor allocated to fit a predetermined distribution. In determining a grade, due weight will be given to the learning outcomes and level of the unit. Markers in the unit will use the following grades:
HD = High Distinction 85--100
D = Distinction 75--84
Cr = Credit 65--74
P = Pass 50--64
F = Fail 0--49
Further information and description of grades and assessments can be found in the Macquarie University Policies and Procedures linked below, particularly the Assessment and Grading Policies.
ALL written assignments (tutorial paper, essay) must be submitted online through the AHIS250 iLearn site.
Return of marked work:
Staff will endeavour to return tutorial papers by the time of the next tutorial though this may not always be possible.
Staff will also endeavour to return essays by the end of session.
Over the course of AHIS250 students' work will be marked by at least two members of staff.
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